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Gathia Mangal (Ghanta Karn) 2023 in Nepal

A Newar festival that celebrates the expulsion of the demons from the country

Dates: July 17, 2023

One of the most vivid festivals celebrated by the Newari ethnic group is determined to keep ghosts and bad spirits away from their home. To achieve this they usually perform the ancient ritual of burning straw figures of demons. Everyone participates with their own little ghost, while the main big figure is burnt at sunset. A truly spectacular scene with odd dances and rituals.

When

The celebrations are held on the 14th of Sawan month that falls in July or August of Gregorian calendar. Double-check the dates with the local people to make sure you are there at the right time.

Where

The best place to experience Gathia Mangal (Ghanta Karn) is where the Newari people reside, namely within the Kathmandu Valley. The area is home to about 50% of the Newari caste. To be more precise, the most promising destinations include Kathmandu, Lalitpur (historically Patan), and Bhaktapur. Additionally, you can also witness the tradition in the districts of Palpa, Bandipur, and Butwal.

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